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Cheesman Ranch Loop

Intermediate
 3.1 (14)

A ten-mile loop highlighting the northern area of Mueller State Park.


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9.9

Miles

16.0

KM

0%

Singletrack

9,704' 2,958 m

High

9,180' 2,798 m

Low

1,204' 367 m

Up

1,209' 368 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly Easy doubletrack trails.

Overview

The Cheesman Ranch Loop ride highlights north Mueller State Park, incorporating Cheesman Ranch (Trail 17), Elk Meadow (Trail 18), and Homestead (Trail 12).

Need to Know

Entrance fee of $9 or annual pass is required for Mueller State Park.

Description

From Highway 24, turn south on Highway 67 and drive about four miles. On the right (west) side of the road will be the entrance to Mueller State Park. A $7 daily fee (or annual pass) is required at the entrance. Drive to the end of the paved loop and the parking is available at the trailhead.

The loop begins clockwise following the Cheesman Ranch (Trail 17). The path winds through aspen and pine groves and grassy meadows. At the northernmost point of the trail there is an old barn with equipment that still stands. Further along, the trail runs by the Cheesman Ranch.

The trail then climbs, continuing south along Elk Meadow (Trail 18) for another mile and a half, before turning west. Here, the trail climbs back to the paved Mueller Park access road. At the trailhead, ride north up the road for a few meters then turn left (west) onto the Homestead (Trail 12).

A quick descent marks the next mile, followed by a relatively flat path winding through pine and aspen groves. The last mile is a short climb and meets up at the trailhead of Cheesman Ranch (Trail 17).

History & Background

Mueller State Park and surrounding land was once hunting grounds for the Ute Indians.

In the 1860s, ranchers and farmers moved into the area and, later in the 1900's, many miners were drawn to the area with the Cripple Creek gold rush. The city of Divide supplied lumber, mining supplies, food such as potatoes and lettuce, to the miners.

W.E. Mueller later purchased ten of the ranches and homesteads to create Mueller Ranch. In the 1980's, the Mueller family designated the ranch as a game preserve and later sold the land to the Colorado State Parks and Wildlife.

Contacts

Shared By:

Allen Tanner with improvements by vladman and 2 others

Trail Ratings

  3.1 from 14 votes

#3114

Overall
  3.1 from 14 votes
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Photos

The Homestead Trail passes through a quiet aspen grove.
Aug 13, 2016 near Cripple…, CO
Wide paths are great for new riders.
Aug 13, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Morning shadows along Elk Meadow Trail.
Aug 13, 2016 near Cripple…, CO
The old Cheeseman Ranch- potato and lettuce growers.
Sep 7, 2022 near Cascade…, CO
Only several steep climbs on the loop, and nothing technical.
Aug 13, 2016 near Cripple…, CO
Beautiful pine and aspen groves mix with alpine meadows.
Jul 17, 2016 near Cripple…, CO

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Sep 3, 2022
Darin Hammerschmidt
May 28, 2022
Jen Grout
10mi — 2h 15m
Jul 5, 2021
Bryan Way
Great views of pikes peak and some pretty meadows but the biking was meh. All doubletrack, super sandy, nothing technical. Lots of climbing
Sep 19, 2020
Tara Anderson
9.5mi — 2h 13m
Sep 19, 2020
Katie Lane
9.5mi — 2h 13m
Sep 7, 2020
Mark George
Apr 29, 2018
Aaron K.
Oct 22, 2017
Ben Lewis
Lots of gravel, and not very technical. Didn't have a ton of fun but the views were nice!